Are Your Materials Helping Your Students Learn Or Just Wasting Your Time?

Find out what you can use as materials, how to evaluate how useful they are and when it might just be better to stick to the course book.

Materials creation can be both an outlet for teachers' creativity and an opportunity to make lessons more relevant to students. On the flip side they can also be a giant time-drain and introduce uncertainty to students. 

Further Reading

For more on creating materials, check out Brian Tomlinson's book Materials Development in Language Teaching (below).

  • What are Materials?

  • Mobile phones
  • Advertisements
  • Texts
  • Electronics
  • Realia
  • Images
  • Audio
  • Lyrics
  • Schedules

How to Evaluate Materials

  • Real world-ness
  • Recycleablity
  • Reaction
  • Results